Stay up to date
Subscribe to DirectFerries email
Loading...
Invalid Email
You have been added to the directferries.co.uk mailing list.
The email address entered already exists

Stena Line in £5m Seatrader upgrade

Date: 21 Nov 2007 00:00 Source: Stena Line

Irish Sea ferry company Stena Line is to invest more than £5m on board one of its ships sailing regularly out of Holyhead port.

Since its introduction a year ago, the Stena Seatrader, which operates between the Welsh port and Dublin, has exceeded the company's expectations on the route and the company said it was confident that would continue.

The RoPax ship, which was built in Denmark, has a gross tonnage of 17,991 tonnes and can carry 221 passengers and 210 cars. It has 2,100 lane metres of freight capacity.

The new investment in the vessel underlines the fact that Stena Line has enjoyed a boom in freight traffic on its Irish Sea routes from Holyhead, although passenger levels have been hit in part by competition from cheap fares offered by no-frills airlines.

Vic Goodwin, Stena Line's route director for Central Corridor services from Holyhead to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, said: "In recent years, we have seen Holyhead Port grow in importance to freight customers who now see Holyhead as the main gateway for transport to and from Ireland.

"The Stena Seatrader, which joined the Central Corridor in October 2006, has provided us with greater frequency of sailing times and much greater capacity for our freight customers, in addition to the alternative services we offer on our high speed service, the HSS Stena Explorer, and our superferry, the Stena Adventurer.

"During the first 12 months of operation the Stena Seatrader has met our expectations and while there is some way to go towards meeting our business plan, we have been encouraged with progress and we therefore feel that the investment is justified."

He added: "This new sailing schedule has proved to be very attractive for our customers who want to arrive in Dublin and get underway before the morning rush hour and return early, thereby improving vehicle turnaround time.

"Due to the popularity of the Stena Seatrader, we have decided to make further investments to our facilities on board and improve the vessel's technical performance and subsequent turnaround times in both ports."

The work will be undertaken during the vessel's annual refit, which is planned for the end of the year and will include improvements to the ship's vehicle decks and the installation of two new bow thrusters to significantly enhance the vessels manoeuvrability in port. In addition, the refit will include a complete refurbishment of the cabin accommodation area.

For more information or to book a crossing, please visit our Stena Line page.

More Ferry Deals from directferries.co.uk

15% off ferries to Denmark with DFDS Seaways!
Date: 19 August 2014 Source: DFDS Seaways

Travel to Denmark with DFDS Seaways on the Harwich Esbjerg route and get up to 15% off when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Dover – France breaks from just £20 each way!
Date: 19 August 2014 Source: DFDS Seaways, P&O Ferries & MyFerryLink

Travel to France with DFDS Seaways, P&O Ferries or MyFerryLink on the Dover Calais or Dover Dunkirk (DFDS only) route from just £40 return when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Sail across the Irish Sea from just £69 each way!
Date: 18 August 2014 Source: Irish Ferries

If you’re planning a trip across the Irish Sea this year then make sure to take advantage of our latest offer with Irish Ferries!

Scotland – Northern Ireland 3 day returns from £179!
Date: 15 August 2014 Source: Stena Line & P&O Ferries

Book a short break with Stena Line or P&O Ferries between Scotland and Northern Ireland from just £179 return when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Great savings on Sweden - Finland ferries with Tallink Silja!
Date: 06 August 2014 Source: Tallink Silja

If you’re planning a trip between Sweden and Finland then make sure to take advantage of our Tallink Silja offers when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Get 10% off Dover – Calais sailings with P&O Ferries!
Date: 06 August 2014 Source: P&O Ferries

Travel with P&O Ferries on their Dover Calais route up till 18th December and get 10% off the fare when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Short trips to France from just £78 return with Brittany Ferries!
Date: 04 August 2014 Source: Brittany Ferries

Take a short trip to France from just £78 each way with Brittany Ferries when you book with directferries.co.uk!

10% off Dover - France ferries with DFDS Seaways!
Date: 04 August 2014 Source: DFDS Seaways

Book your DFDS Seaways Dover – France ferry for car carrying up to 9 people and get 10% off when you book with directferries.co.uk!

Getaways to Western France from just £156 return!
Date: 04 August 2014 Source: Brittany Ferries

Getaway to France by car carrying up to 4 people with Brittany Ferries from just £156 return when you book with directferries.co.uk. That’s just £39 pp return!

Travel in September and get 6 Free bottles of Wine!
Date: 04 August 2014 Source: DFDS Seaways

Book a return ferry crossing with DFDS Seaways on their Dover Calais or Dover Dunkirk route and receive 6 FREE bottles of wine on board!

© Direct Ferries Ltd